HARRISONBURG, Va., June 8, 2011 - Freshman designated hitter Ty McFarland (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) was announced Wednesday as a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
McFarland is the 10th Freshman All-American in JMU history and the seventh since 2007. He wore a variety of hats in his first JMU season with appearances at first base, third base, in the outfield and on the mound. However, 68% of his at bats came as a designated hitter.
Hitting primarily in the fifth or sixth spot in a lineup that led the country in scoring, McFarland tied the JMU record for games played by a freshman with 59. He hit .278 and ranked third on the team with 14 doubles. He also had one triple and two home runs while posting 81 total bases and a .382 slugging percentage. McFarland scored 36 runs and drove in 36. He was Third Team All-CAA and selected to the CAA All-Rookie Team.
McFarland got off to a hot start, holding a .400 average with five doubles through his first 11 games. His average stayed over .300 through the end of April before dipping slightly in the season's final month. He led JMU in doubles at the midpoint of the season with 11.
JMU went 42-19 with its most games played and third-most wins in a season after advancing to a NCAA regional final for the first time since 1983. The Dukes won their second CAA championship while also finishing first in the regular season.